Humor is one of the best ways to get a reader’s attention!
While I may be having a few weeks of epic failure, across the globe there are scientists documenting and publishing their epic success. Not since evolution invented photosynthesis* (or more specifically phytoplankton engulfed cyanobacteria and formed chloroplasts) has there been such a beautiful tale of symbiosis. Last week a report in Science described a newly discovered and unusual symbiotic relationship that occurs in the ocean. And the article, in a similar fashion to the dog pictured above, literally blew my hair back.
There are a number of things that make this discovery noteworthy. First of all I should like to point out that nitrogen fixation is equal in importance to carbon fixation, as both elements are required to form organic matter. Indeed, in vast tracts of the ocean the amount of primary productivity that occurs is set by the amount of available fixed nitrogen, which in…
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